Looks like DHS Secretary Mayorkas is being pushed aside and that “VP Harris will be leading the administration’s efforts at the southern border” – and since she’s the new point person at the border, the American people deserve to know where she stands on several things…
Is this a crisis?
This morning, VP Harris regarded the situation at the southern border as a “huge problem” but did not acknowledge the fact that it is a humanitarian, national security, and public health crisis.
Did promising free health care to illegal immigrants create incentives to illegally cross the border?
In June 2019, then Candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris raised their hand when asked: “Raise your hand if your government plan would provide [health care] coverage for undocumented immigrants?”
Moderator: "Raise your hand if your government plan would provide [healthcare] coverage for undocumented immigrants?"
Self-proclaimed "democratic socialist" Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Harris, and former VP Biden ALL raised their hands. pic.twitter.com/j5uwQkX1nf
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) October 7, 2020
The Biden administration continuously claims that it is using Title 42 (the important public-health tool implemented to prevent the spread of COVID). Earlier this week, despite evidence to the contrary, WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed that “families and single adults are being expelled under Title 42 and should not attempt to cross illegally.”
"So now that Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley are letting adult migrants go without even issuing notices to appear,
"Is the Biden immigration policy just becoming more of like the honor system?"
(Axios, NBC, Fox News and others have reported this is happening) pic.twitter.com/M34xGJwnZf
— Mark Bednar (@MarkBednar) March 22, 2021
But on April 7, 2020, then-Senator Harris signed on to a letter to Secretary Chad Wolf calling Title 42 an “unprecedented expansion of executive power” that had “no known precedent or clear legal rationale.”
Does VP Harris still agree with her interpretation from less than a year ago?
CNN reported this week: “As of Tuesday morning, around 4,800 unaccompanied minors were in CBP custody, according to the official, down just slightly from the number in custody Monday. Of the 4,800, more than 3,300 — or around 70% — were in custody longer than the 72-hour legal limit, the official added.”
In 2018, then-Senator Harris said that CBP holding illegal immigrant children longer than 72 hours was “inhumane.” Does she agree with her previous assessment?
Reducing the number of illegal immigrant detention beds by 50%
In 2018, then-Senator Kamala Harris introduced the DONE Act, which would reduce the number of illegal immigrant detention beds by 50%.
Does she stand by the legislation she introduced less than three years ago?
Comparing ICE to KKK?
In 2018, then-Senator Harris asked the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), whether he “saw any parallels” between the KKK and ICE. Would she stand by those same comments today?